Sunday, October 13, 2019

Lovely Books and Things - 10.13.19

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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1. Listening to Bach Cello Suite 1

2. Viewing artwork online by Marta Minujin for ¡VIVA! Annual Celebration of Latino Hispanic Heritage month - Impressed with her epic Parthenon of Books in Germany and Babel Tower of books in Buenos Aires made with books!

3. Sumo Wrestling exhibition at Japan town


For Review:

The Bride of Northanger
by Diana Birchall
-Historical, Romance, Jane Austen theme
courtesy of book tour -Thanks! | Goodreads

Review posts theme for this month: I am in a dark funk and will be reading books related to True Crime, Hunger, Horror, or Harassment.


We were treated to hearing from so many wonderful authors at the 5th Filipino American International Book Festival (details)

The Dear America: Writing Filipinx Counter Narratives included moderator, Janet Mendoza Stickman and panelist authors, E.J.R. David, Janice Sapigao, Jan-Henry Gray, Juanita Tamayo Lott, Grace Talusan and Jose Antonio Vargas.

I picked up these up...

Bodies of Water
by Yves Lamson
-Folklore, Fantasy, Filipino | Goodreads

The Body Papers: A Memoir
by Grace Talusan
-Memoir, Feminism, Filipino | Goodreads

AND watched: in theatre

To Each Her Own (2018)
Director/Writer: Myriam Aziza
Writers: Olivia Jaudeau (script adaptation), Denyse Rodriguez-Tomé
Stars: Sarah Stern, Jean-Christophe Folly, Julia Piaton

-Drama, LGBTQ, France | imdb | my rating: 4

Simone plans to inform her conservative Jewish family that she's a lesbian, but as she proceeds with coming out she finds herself attracted to a man.

CURIOUS. This is one that has grey areas which is not necessarily a bad thing.

A Journey Through Genders (2019)
Director: Miyuki Tokoi
Stars: Takamasa Kobayashi
-Drama, LGBTQ, Japan | my rating: 5

24-year-old Takamasa Kobayashi has been trying to find his true gender since childhood. Born as a girl, he was one of the first students in Japan to persuade a junior high school to accept a female as a boy. At 20, he underwent surgeries so that he could legally become a man, the youngest case in Japan. But this was just the beginning. Takamasa then discovered that he is not a man either and is now searching beyond gender binaries. We followed Takamasa for 9 years on his journey through gender transformation.

Part of the Japan Film Festival 2019 (here) with a Q&A with director.

INFORMATIVE. Helpful in learning about what goes on in regards to a young person in transition.

Clemency (2019)
Director/Writer: Chinonye Chukwu
Stars: Vernee Watson, Aldis Hodge, Alfre Woodard
-Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

THOUGHT PROVOKING. Gave perspectives of people involved and affected by an execution.


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